Mar 4, 2009

Disappointed

Two worthy bills are dead

DEAD
SEX EDUCATION - House Bill 234 would allow the state to establish a sex education program in two public school districts.

I guess Mississippi really doesn't want to do anything to lower teenage pregnancies. It seems we are determined to stick with abstinence only programs even with clear evidence those programs are not working.

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION - Senate Bill 2300 would increase the homestead exemption from $75,000 to $100,000 for people who are over 65 or totally disabled.

This really should have passed. Many elderly people are losing their homes because they can't afford to pay the taxes on them. And please note these aren't people who went out and bought homes they couldn't afford. Many have owned their homes for years and they were not worth that much when they bought them. Now with the raise in property values their taxes have sky rocketed. I also think they needed to do something to lower the tax bite for the rest of us too. The artificial inflation of property values is killing our economy.

School accountability and charter schools are still alive.

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